April 19, 2013
Tomosynthesis Increases Breast Cancer Detection Rate
May improve detection in dense breasts
2D plus 3D breast imaging increases cancer detection rates by 11%, and could be particularly useful in detecting cancer in women with dense breasts, a new study suggests.
In addition to the improved cancer detection rate, "of the patients who had cancer detected with 3D, 54% had dense breasts. Of the patients who had cancer detected with 2D only, 21% had dense breasts. This suggests better performance of the 3D in dense breast tissue given 3D was offered to patients regardless of breast density or risk factors," Dr. Geisel said.
Dr. Geisel noted that the majority of screening mammograms at her facility now includes 3D imaging.
"I am hopeful that my study will help raise awareness among physicians as well as women undergoing breast cancer screening," she said. Additional research needs to be done; "We recognize the numbers are still too small to draw significant conclusions, but the data is compelling," she said.
Dr. Geisel will present her study at the ARRS annual meeting on April 19 in Washington, DC.
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